‘Fit and healthy’ postman, 45, text partner ‘I love you, this is f***ing crazy’ minutes before dying of coronavirus – The Sun
A "HEALTHY" postman text his partner saying "I love you, this is f***ing crazy" just minutes before dying of coronavirus.
Akie Fenty, 45, had been battling symptoms of the deadly disease for two weeks – including breathing difficulties and a high temperature.
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But on Sunday the dad-of-one was rushed to hospital after returning home from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was being treated for a chest infection just two hours before.
He tragically passed away just four hours later – becoming the third Royal Mail worker to die from the disease after Bola Omoyeni and Stefan Haluszczak also died at the weekend.
His partner Lisa Masson, 46, said: "We said 'cheerio' not thinking anything to be fair. He went way in the ambulance and then he sent me a text message about 11.15pm saying 'I love you, this is f*****g crazy'. "Then I got a call at midnight saying he passed away at quarter to 12.
“When the doctor phoned I thought they were just phoning to give me an update. I didn’t believe it.”
The couple were due to marry in August this year to mark 20 years together. They had also booked a trip to Florida in October with daughter Abby, 15.
Lisa said Akie was not tested for coronavirus, but his death certificate states "presumed Covid-19".
She added: "I still can’t believe how it could happen to someone like him – he was strong, fit and healthy.
“It’s left a huge hole in our lives.”
The postie, who had worked for Royal Mail for around 19 years, had fallen ill with flu-like symptoms in December, which left him with a cough, but he still continued to work.
Around two weeks ago, he was "knackered" and unable to carry out his work.
Lisa has now urged people to take the disease seriously, saying: "I want people to understand how serious this is. It’s not just a cold or the flu – it’s taking people away from the ones they love. It’s savage."
It comes after a Royal Mail worker who died just hours after falling ill with coronavirus has been described as a "gentle giant" by heartbroken colleagues.
Bola Omoyeni, who worked for the company for 30 years, died in hospital on Saturday while battling the killer bug.
The Communication Workers Union confirmed the deaths today on their website but have not released ages of the victims.
They said Bola had worked at the National Distribution Centre in Northampton, while Stefan had worked at the Coventry Parcels Hub for eight years.
A statement read: "It is with great sadness we have been advised that two postal workers, Bola Omoyeni and Stefan Haluszczak, tragically died in hospital over the weekend after contracting Covid19.
"We are sure we speak on behalf of the whole of the union in sending our sincere condolences to the family and friends of both of our colleagues who passed away.
"The union is in contact with our local Branch and Royal Mail to ascertain the full circumstances and we will be supporting our members and the Branch in dealing with the situation.
"The thoughts of the whole of the CWU are with the families and friends of our two members who tragically passed away over the weekend."
Tributes have since flooded in for Bola, who has been described as a "gentle giant" and "a big man with a big heart" by devastated colleagues.
They also revealed he died just hours after being rushed to hospital with the virus.
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Mick Fitzmaurice, said: "Bola was a larger than life character with an infectious laugh and great humour.
"He would like to cuddle you when he was happy or sad which was most unusual for a man of his size but I always considered it to be one of his strengths.
"I hope Royal Mail will do everything possible to ensure that his family are looked after at this very sad time."
It comes just days after Royal Mail were slammed for not doing enough to protect workers out on deliveries in lockdown Britain.
The company introduced a series of new measures this week in a bid to boost safety for staff and customers.
Among the changes are packages being left outdoors if they are too big to post with a customer signature no longer needed.
They have also "enhanced disinfectant cleaning" of all communal areas at all sites.
But the CWU argued the new measures do not go far enough to protect posties, who are being exposed to the virus on their rounds.
They said: "This is serious, lives are at stake, and the postal service can only serve the community if our members stay well and safe.
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"Royal Mail’s national stance on PPE is dangerous both for our members, and the community we serve."
The Sun Online has contacted Royal Mail for comment.
It comes after 14 Transport for London workers died from coronavirus – with mayor Sadiq Khan now facing fury from workers who say they are not being protected.
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